Chow Yun-fat returns to thriller genre after 24 years
It has been 24 years since Chow Yun-fat last starred in a crime thriller, but he will make a comeback in Sunny Luk and Longman Leung’s ColdWar 2, which is set to be released in July.
The first Cold War, the directors’ maiden effort, was a massive box-office success that starred Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Ka-fai. It was the highest grossing Hong Kong film of 2012, earning $5.78 million locally and $40 millionontheChinesemainland.
It also dominated the Hong Kong Film Awards, bagging nine prizes including best film, best director, best screenplay and best actor.
When the directors started to work on the sequel in 2013, Hong Kong media reported that William Kong, the producer of Cold War, invited Chow to play the film’s villain.
“I like the first film very much and I asked to play the role in the sequel,” says Chow, who came to Beijing for the sequel’s news conference on April 10.
Luk says the story of Cold War 2 will explore the answers to the major pending questions in the first film.
The main villain, who was briefly mentioned in the first film, returns to the scene. Meanwhile, Sean Lau (Kwok) is now promoted to commissioner of police after the successful rescue operation in the original film, and his retired deputyWaise Lee (Leung) returns to his post to help Lau solve a tricky kidnapping case.
Chow plays the role of a lawyer. “The directors gave me a good role, living a luxurious life, with big houses, good whiskey and an expensive hobby — photography,”
The directors gave me a good role, living a luxurious life, with big houses, good whiskey.”
he says. “But the character is also under the greatest pressure, engaging in battles of wits with the characters played by Kwok and Leung.”
With the directing duo again at the helm and Kwok and Leung acting, the film is the first one to engage the three winners of Hong Kong Film Awards.
Kwok, after five best actor nominations, won for the first time for the movie Port of Call early this month. He is always a major hit with the media. But, when Chow steps on the stage, all the attention shifts to the international star, though he has made relatively few films in recent years.
Speaking of his association with Chow, Leung recalls that he started out asanextra for Chow in a TV drama. He played a bit part and had only one line with Chow.
This time around, Leung and Kwok have the leading roles, and Chow says he is happy with that.
“The entertainment industry doesn’t have a particular order. It is a kind of fortune to make a name,” Chow says.
“I am aging, and Hong Kong’s films need fresh blood to sustain their development.”